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Friday March 28

13:31
Apple Patent Addresses Texting-Walking Risk


Texting while walking can be dangerous, but Apple could be aiming to make it less so, judging from a patent awarded Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Apple has found an innovative way to use an electronic communication device's camera to continuously capture and present video images as background within a text-messaging session, its patent application 20140085334, titled "Transparent Texting," suggests.
The device's rear-facing camera could be used to make it appear the user was looking through a transparent screen.

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13:30
3 Free App for the Citizen Scientist

All science isn't done in a lab by white coated professors.You can do scientific field work where ever you are with these three free iOS app featured in this week's Free on iTunes. Project Squirrel, Project Noah, Merlin Bird ID.


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13:12
Office for iPad apps grab top spots in App Store...

Just a day after their release, the Office for iPad apps are already in high positions in the Top Free and Top Grossing charts at the App Store. The top three Free apps are currently Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, in that order; a related Microsoft app, OneNote, is in fourth. Word is #5 on the Top Grossing chart, while Excel is 12th, and PowerPoint is 29th....
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13:10
Briefly: Facebook Messenger adds Groups, new Vox for...

Facebook Messenger for iOS received an update yesterday, offering its users access to Group features, including a forwarding function. In v4.0, users can now create groups for the people one messages the most often, and name them, and set group photos. Messages and photos can be forwarded to someone who is not in a designated conversation thread by using a tapping gesture. Additionally, miscellaneous improvements to improve the app's speed and reliability have been included in the latest update. Facebook Messenger is free to download, and requires iOS 6.0 or later to run....
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13:00
San Francisco Giants Hope iBeacon Hits a Home Run...

Starting this baseball season, the San Francisco Giants are adopting Apple’s iBeacon technology to send offers and alerts directly to fans’ iOS 7 devices while they’re at AT&T Park, reports Engadget. This is the first year Major League Baseball has begun using the technology, and it will appear in 20 of the 30 MLB ballparks. The Giants believe that iBeacon technology can help fans have a better time at the ballpark. “Mobile and digital experiences are paramount to our fan experience,” says the team’s Chief Information Officer Bill Schlough. “It opens up a world of possibilities.”

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13:00
Yahoo updates and improves its popular iOS Weather...

Yahoo Weather (free) has been my favorite quick-look weather app since it came out a year ago. I believe it looks better than Apple's weather app and provides more information.

Yahoo has posted an updated version, with some worthwhile features. You...

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12:57
Forums: PDFs, GPUs, Free Apps and more

This week MacNN forum goers discuss a wide range of topics from Virtual Machines and merging PDFs to new GPUs for a Mac Pro. One long time member turned to the forums yesterday looking for virtual machine software that was able to assign specific optical drives to specific VMs after having no luck finding software with this feature in the past. Mac Elite "And.reg" started a thread this week looking for a way to merge multiple PDFs into one PDF using Preview....
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12:56
Apple deals: Mac desktops as low as $509

This week Apple's online store has a variety of refurbished iMac and Mac mini models at discounted prices. The refurbished Mac mini with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive has been reduced by $90 to $509. For $1,099 after a $200 discount, is the 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.7GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive....
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12:56
FLIR Shows FLIR One Thermal Imaging Camera for iPhone

SAN FRANCISCO - The folks at FLIR are showing off the FLIR One, the first thermal imaging camera for iPhone. We covered it back in January when they announced it, but this is the first time we've seen it in use. This device takes the form of a case with the thermal imaging camera built inside. It also has its own battery, so it's not using your iPhone's battery to operate. It can take up to two hours of video, which get saved to the companion app in your iPhone. It will also take still s. If you want to find leaks in your house, the animal rustling in the bushes, or the ghost hiding in your basement, the FLIR One brings thermal imaging into the financial reach of mortals at $349. It's expected to ship in May, and you can reserve one now. I love this thing. Oh, and check out Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus. He's hot.

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12:53
DealNN: 21.5-inch iMac for $1,100

This week at MacMall.com get a 21.6-inch iMac for $1,100. It was $1,500, but has been cut to $1,180. Until April 30, save an additional $80 via a mail-in-rebate offer that drops the final cost to $1,100. That makes this the lowest price we have seen on this computer by roughly the same price margin. This iMac features a 2.9GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive. A one year warranty on parts and labor is included from Apple....
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12:34
Wikipropaganda

Daniel Eran Dilger on the Apple vs Samsung trial:

Anyone reading Wikipedia’s ostensibly encyclopedic recounting of the initial global lawsuits between the two companies would only get one side of the story: Samsung’s.

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12:32
iLounge Game Spotlight: Sometimes You Die

Sometimes You Die ($2) is a new minimalist puzzler/side scroller from Philipp Stollenmayer. Unlike most games, in which a player’s death is usually a setback, Sometimes You Die lets players benefit from dying. Many of the puzzles seem to require such sacrifices.

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12:30
Here's what your new black MacBook Air would...

In love with the idea of a new black Apple notebook? So am I. There's just no denying that a black MacBook would be an awesome addition to the company's lineup, though whether we'll ever be graced with such a device is anyone's guess.

But just to...

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12:27
There's a New Kid on the Solar System Block


Astronomers this week reported what they believe to be the most-distant member of our solar system discovered so far. 2012 VP113, a probable dwarf planet that was found to lie beyond the known edge of the solar system, was discovered by Chadwick Trujillo, an astronomer at the Gemini Observatory in Hawaii, and Scott Sheppard, an astronomer at the Carnegie Institution for Science, using the National Optical Astronomy Observatory's new 13-foot Dark Energy Camera on the NOAO 4 meter telescope in Chile.

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12:05
Taylor Guitars Road Show

An Evening of Guitar Talk & Demos with Taylor’s Friendly Factory Experts

I love my Taylor.

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12:00
Can we just stop with the lame iPhone and OS X...

There's a bad tendency for websites to label any and all Apple related concepts as "epic" or "unbelievably cool." And sure, concepts for future devices can be damn interesting, but things lately have really gotten out of hand.

Recently, there seems...

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11:45
Suspend Your iPhone in Mid-Air with iPEVO...

IPEVOâs Articulating Video Stand allows one to suspend an iPhone or iPod touch virtually in mid-air with great flexibility. It will appeal to anyone who needs to create training or demonstrations videos or suspend the iPhone's camera above an object. There are many other uses.


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11:30
Daily Deals for March 28, 2014, featuring the iPad...

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. Don't forget to check out our "Today in the App Store" post that singles...

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11:12
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella points to Office for...

Sure, you could argue that Microsoft’s shiny new Office apps for iPad are only ranking so well because they’re freemium apps since they’re listed for free but require a subscription to fully function, but they are taking up the top four spots nonetheless.

Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella is apparently pleased with this as he tweeted out “looks like it’s a productive Friday for [iPad] owners!’ following yesterday’s friendly back-and-forth exchange with Apple CEO Tim Cook.

What really...

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11:07
Foxconn profits rise 13 percent on iPhone and iPad...

Taiwan-based manufacturer Hon Hai -- better known as Foxconn -- saw its profits rise 13 percent last year to $3.5 billion, something attributed mainly to record iPhone and iPad sales, according to the Wall Street Journal. Foxconn is closely linked to Apple, deriving over 40 percent of its revenue from Apple orders. As such, any fluctuation in iPhone and iPad sales can dramatically affect its income....
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11:00
Apple's failed attempts at taking over the...

The iPhone remains one of the most popular "cameras" on the planet, and Apple's smartphone has indeed conquered consumer photography, but it wasn't the company's first attempt to do so.

In the mid '90s, Apple was going through its "see what sticks"...

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10:57
iPhone Apps: Byword, OneNote for iPad, Tiny Space...


    

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10:37
Report: Apple attempting to hire Swiss watchmakers

Apple is trying to lure top Swiss watchmakers away from their companies to work on the iWatch, the Financial Times reports. Jean-Claude Biver, president of LVMH’s watches and jewelry division, said Apple has tried to recruit staff from Hublot and parts manufacturers. “Apple has contacted some of my employees…

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10:35
Prong PocketPlug Allows iPhone Charging Nearly...

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - TMO's John F. Braun is at this weekâs Macworld/iWorld Conference where he checked out PocketPlug from Prong, a case that allow you to charge your iPhone 4/4s/5/5s nearly anywhere.


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10:30
How Wikipedia's sloppy facts obscured reality...

In 2011, the world's two most profitable mobile phone makers engaged in a global IP war that continues to this day. As Apple and Samsung prepare for their second trial, it's useful to review why many onlookers were so ill informed about the first one: Wikipedia.
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10:28
Apple issues fourth OS X 10.9.3 beta to developers,...

One week after the last beta, Apple has returned with another pre-release version of OS X 10.9.3 for testing by employees and registered Mac developers with a focus on graphics drivers, audio, Safari, USB data synchronization, and Mail.
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10:16
Apple, Samsung, Google trying to court Swiss...

Apple, Google, and Samsung are among the wearable tech developers trying to court help from Swiss watchmakers, says the Financial Times. One of the core targets has been Swatch, the world's biggest watchmaker. "We have been in discussions – not ever initiated by us – with practically all players in smart wearables up until today," says Swatch CEO Nick Hayek. "However, we see no reason why we should enter into any partnership agreement."...
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10:13
Apple seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 build 13D28 to...

A little over a week following the past seed, Apple has released OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 build 13D28 to developers. Apple is again asking testers to focus on Graphics Drivers, Audio, Safari, and Contacts/Calendar USB sync via iTunes. The first 10.9.3 seed brought enhanced support for 4K external monitors. Apple previously started seeding 10.9.3 builds to AppleCare employees as well as fixes for iTunes. Apple is yet to indicate when 10.9.3 will be released to the public. Thanks, D!

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10:06
Read the Fine Print with Satechi LED Magnifier

The ReadMate LED Desktop Magnifier from Satechi is not a specific Mac product, but it is so darn helpful and well designed that it deserves a review on these pages. Come to think of it, we techies are always looking at the details of smaller and smaller gadgets.


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10:00
US Judge: Free Speech Protects Baidu's Beijing-...


A Manhattan judge ruled that a Chinese search engine's practice of restricting free speech is, wouldn't you know it, protected by free speech. Chinese Internet company Baidu won the dismissal of a U.S. lawsuit filed by activists who objected to its, shall we say, selective search results, which adhere to the government's notoriously limited view of what is and isn't acceptable. Eight New York-based writers and video producers were ticked that Baidu's search algorithms blocked U.S. users from viewing their content advocating for democracy in China.

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10:00
Expo Notes: Thunderbolt takes over

While much of the Macworld iWorld show floor is devoted to iOS and software products, there is still plenty of Mac OS hardware to be found. In particular, a bunch of companies are showing off devices equipped with the fastest external connection found on modern Macs: Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2.

Western Digital is showing off its brand new My Passport Pro dual-drive RAID with Thunderbolt. The drive can be configured as RAID 0, RAID 1 or JBOD through the WD Utility. Using 5400 RPM drives, the drive won’t break any speed records, but the 2TB and 4TB configurations ($300 and $430, respectively) offer plenty of bus-powered capacity.

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10:00
Philips Hue app-controlled lighting family add three...

The Philips Hue app-controlled lighting products were among the first "Internet of Things" products we covered here at TUAW, and the product line has become quite popular. Now the company has announced three new products in the Hue line, including a...

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09:48
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Sharp 42″ 1080p HDTV $330,...

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS Feed,FacebookGoogle+ and subscribe to the new Safari push notifications feature.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Sharp 42″ LED 1080p 120Hz HDTV with DTS sound $330 shipped (Reg. $480)

REI members 20% coupon: GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition $320...

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09:47
Apple reaching out to Swiss watchmakers for...

Apple has reportedly been in contact with executives and craftsmen at Swiss watch brands as the company attempts to strike new partnerships and bring high-end watchmaking expertise in house for development of a so-called "iWatch."
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09:39
Philips boosts Hue lighting with switch, white bulb...

Philips has unveiled a trio of smart lighting products. Leading off the announcements are the Hue Tap switch and a white-only variant of the Hue light called the Hue Lux. Also debuting are a trio of 3d-printed Hue Luminaires, bringing what the company calls "a piece of art to your living room."...
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09:37
Steve Jobs’ infamous brutality shown off in HR email...

It’s undeniable that the competitive landscape around Silicon Valley and its key players is a steep one, and that ‘magic’ that Apple infuses its products with doesn’t come without some ugly, behind-the-scenes elbow throwing. The corporate culture created by the competition between these companies is not for the faint of heart by any means.

Earlier this week, we saw BlackBerry sue its own Senior Vice President of Software, Sebastien Marineau-Mes, as he attempted to jump off a sinking ship and take a VP job at Apple. In that case, the court offered that BlackBerry can enforce the contract which dictated its employee give six months notice before defecting to the other side, which it did.

And BlackBerry isn’t alone in extending a cold hand void of much empathy.

The devil is in the details of the emails exchanged by the...

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09:19
Apple, GT Advanced already planning to expand...

Even though the core facility still isn't finished, Apple and GT Advanced are already planning to expand their sapphire factory in Mesa, Arizona, AppleInsider reports. The site claims that several companies have already stepped up with bids for the expansion. The plant and its grounds currently occupy 83 acres; the expansion may grow into land directly behind it, which records show are vacant and more than large enough to support a bigger complex....
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09:12
∞ Thoughts on Office for iPad and iWork

It’s important to recognize that Microsoft did a pretty good job in designing Office for iPad. It’s certainly better than what they did for the Surface. Having said that, I don’t find that I’m very excited by Office on the iPad. [...]

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09:00
Office Mobile goes free for the iPhone, and other...

Amid all the hoopla about Microsoft Office finally coming to the iPad (even Tim Cook tweeted about it) was a little bit of information that was missed by many: Microsoft has made its Office Mobile for iPhone suite free, and home users can edit their...

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08:45
MS Office for iPad Seizes Top Four Free Spots in...

Microsoft's Office Suite for iPad, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, in that order, have seized the top four spots in the Free section of Apple's App Store. How long they stay there will be interesting to watch.


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08:43
Philips announces Hue Lux and Hue Tap

Philips has announced new additions to its Hue lightbulb line — Hue Lux and Hue Tap. Lux is a white-only Hue bulb. The Hue app can control the brightness and set schedules for the Lux bulb, which comes in a starter kit with two bulbs and a Hue bridge…

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08:35
Foxconn gives a shoutout to Apple products after...

Apple’s lead manufacturer Foxconn reported a 13 percent rise in net profit to 106.7B new Taiwan dollars (US$3.5B) following record iPhone and iPad sales, reports the WSJ. More than 40 percent of the company’s revenue comes from Apple.

The news comes a few days after Apple supplier Pegatron reported a 22 percent rise in earnings.

Hon Hai’s results were underpinned by demand from Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple, which sold 51 million iPhones in its fiscal first quarter ended Dec. 28, 2013—up 7% from the...

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08:21
Apple taking 30 percent cut from in-app Office 365...

Apple is claiming a 30 percent cut of Office 365 subscriptions bought through Microsoft's Office for iPad, as usual at the App Store, an Apple spokesperson confirms. Although people can sign up for Office 365 outside of the iPad apps, a $100 in-app purchase provides a one-year plan. That suggests that Microsoft is sacrificing a significant amount of revenue to one of its rivals in order to attract iPad users....
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08:15
MacHider Adds Powerful Encryption, More with Hider 2

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - TMO's John F. Braun is at this weekâs Macworld/iWorld Conference where he checked out Hider 2, an update to MacPaw's original MacHider program, introducing more security and features. Read on to learn how it protects your Mac's sensitive data.


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08:05
Apple retail: Istanbul store to open April 5,...

The first official Apple retail store in Turkey is set to open its doors next Saturday in Istanbul, while one of Apple's outlets in Vancouver, British Columbia will reportedly be moving to a 'substantially' larger space in the fall of 2015.
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08:00
Daily App: Monocle offers menu bar search for Mac...

Monocle is a handy menu bar search utility that allows you to search Google, Bing, Yahoo, YouTube and Wikipedia in just one click. Monocle is more web search focused then OS X's Spotlight search and much less complex than similar productivity tools...

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07:55
BeHere app uses iBeacons to automatically take...

A new app called BeHere aimed at teachers uses Apple’s new Bluetooth LE iBeacon technology to recognize students and automatically take attendance as they enter a classroom.

With the BeHere app installed, the teacher’s iPad acts as an iBeacon and students entering the classroom with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch will automatically appear in the app with a profile picture and name. Students will have to install the app on their device too, but thanks to recent iBeacon improvements in iOS 7.1, they won’t have to even open the app or take the device out of their pocket to be recognized as they walk in. ...

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07:28
iTunes credits sent out for e-book price fixing

Customers affected by Apple’s role in the e-book price fixing scandal are now receiving emails with iTunes credits. Though Apple is appealing the ruling, the company is still sending credits to customers. The emails are coming from the E-Book AG Settlement Administrator — not Apple — so customers should…

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07:20
Istanbul Apple Store launch official for April 5th

The Zorlu Center Apple Store in Istanbul, Turkey will officially open April 5th at 10AM local time, according to Apple. The launch is one day later than a local report suggested. The same report also claimed that Apple CEO Tim Cook and Turkish President Abdullah Gül would attend the opening, but Cook rarely appears at Apple Stores, and might not want to be seen alongside Gül given Prime Minister Recep ErdoÄüan's attempts at blocking Twitter and YouTube to silence news about his government's corruption scandal....
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07:15
BusyMac Expands Product Line with BusyContacts...

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - TMO's John F. Braun is at this weekâs Macworld/iWorld Conference and checked out BusyContacts, a Public Beta from BusyMac. It's meant to replaces Apple's Contacts application.


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07:04
OS X: How to Share Calendars

Whether you view your iCloud calendars on your Mac, on an iOS device, or even on iCloud.com, it's as simple as all get-out to set up a shared calendar with other people. That'll mean fewer missed appointments, reduced miscommunication, and fewer event invites that you've gotta send (whew!). In this Quick Tip, weâll tell you how to set up sharing-it's very easy, we promise.


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07:02
Macworld/iWorld conference panel kickoff condensed...

IDG’s senior VP Jason Snell tried to provoke comment with the view that “Apple must release a smart watch in 60 days or it’s all over,” but if the rest of the clips are any guide, there wasn’t too much controversy in the rest of the discussion …

The show opened yesterday in San Francisco, and ends tomorrow.

Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, IDG, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iWorld, Jason Snell, Macworld, San...

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07:00
Falling asleep with a good iBook

Gather 'round, kids and Grandpa Dave will tell you a story. Back when I was your age, "iBooks" were computers, not software. They were brightly colored, had plastic handles and resembled a Barbie purse. Plus, you could take a nap beneath one, as...

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06:49
Twitter and Billboard to create continuously updated...

I think this is a clever idea. It’ll be interesting to see if this catches on with the industry.

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06:34
Apple getting 30 percent of Office 365 in-app sales

Microsoft’s Office for iPad apps went on sale Thursday, and it’s been revealed that a cut of the Office 365 subscriptions sold within the apps are going to Apple. Apple confirmed that Microsoft is paying the customary 30 percent cut to Apple for in-app sales of the subscriptions, Re/code

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06:07
Popular Google Play apps are hacked, secretly mining...

Every time I read about Android and malware like this, I shudder at the though of bringing an Android phone or tablet into my universe. I know Android is popular, but I just can’t get my head around why people seem not to care about this problem. Am I missing something?

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06:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can. Also, check out our Daily Deals, with...

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05:51
The complete map to Earth’s deepest cave

Just thinking about the process of making my way down this map both scared me and filled me with wonder. I would love the chance to dive this cave. At least virtually.

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05:50
Apple planning expansion at Arizona sapphire plant...

Apple and sapphire manufacturing partner GT Advanced Technologies are looking to expand operations at the companies' Mesa, Ariz., facility, possibly to accommodate higher yields for an as-yet-unknown component, AppleInsider has learned.
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05:41
This week’s iPhone 6 concepts seemingly inspired by...

One of our favourite concept designers, Martin Hajek, has been busy again – this time with an iPhone 6 concept reminiscent of the iPod Nano design, commissioned by Dutch site iPhoneclub.

The iPhone 6 is widely expected to be launched in two different sizes, with Bloomberg and ...

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05:40
Expo Notes: After securing devices with EverDock,...

Fuz Designs wants to do the same thing for phone docks in your car that it's done for docking stations for the home and office: add a little stability to the picture.

The company was a Kickstarter success story last fall, when it sought funding for its EverDock line of mobile device charging docks. The public responded, pledging more than $450,000—well past the modest goal of $50,000 that Fuz Designs was asking for.

The EverDock from Fuz Designs

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05:35
Newspapers Cling to Life Despite Online News Trend


Print media is limping along and TV news has gained some strength, even though the trend toward getting news online continues to grow, Pew Research reported this week.
It all boils down to economics, said Mark Jerkowitz, associate director of the Pew Research Center Journalism Project. Advertising revenues for newspapers have fallen about 50 percent from 2006, forcing some smaller publications to close. Others have reduced their publication schedules.

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05:33
The making of 2048 (in a weekend)

To complement the earlier post about the Threes team, here’s some background on the creation of 2048.

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05:29
It’s official: Apple’s first store in Turkey to open...

Following several months of anticipation, Apple’s first official Apple Retail Store in Turkey will open in Istanbul on April 5th. The new store is located in the center of the Zorlu Center mall, and the official announcement has come in the form of emails to customers in Turkey and on a banner around the physical store…

Apple has also published a retail website that indicates the store will open at 10 AM local time. The Turkey-based store will feature many of the usual...

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05:20
Building the next Pixar

This is not quite what you think. This is not about building an animation studio, but about using the techniques that Pixar leveraged into their great success to produce your own great success.

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05:20
Roku CEO speculates Apple loses money on $99 Apple...

Though he offered no evidence to prove it, the CEO of Roku said this week that he believes rival set-top streamer Apple TV is a money losing product, though one analyst believes the device is more likely a break-even business for APple.
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05:15
The Threes team talks ripoffs vs originality, walks...

It’s the nature of the App Store that as soon as original hits the store, the cloners start their copiers. There’s been a lot of talk about Flappy Bird and the huge number of clones it spawned. But it’s true of just about every successful app. The Threes team weighs in with their take on this.

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05:00
Expo Notes: Corporate IT tools sneak into the home

You’ve heard about the consumerization of IT—the infiltration of personal consumer devices like the iPhone and iPad into business computing environments. Looks like things are flowing in the opposite direction, too: A couple of companies at Macworld/iWorld are seeking to bring corporate-level IT technologies into the home.

NetHero's iOS app

The first is NetHero, an app for iOS and OS X that lets you monitor all the devices on your home network (much as IT folks can remotely monitor systems in offices). (In fact, the company that developed NetHero, Pie Digital, is best known for its cloud-based IT management software.)

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04:43
Be one of first 50 to bring an iPad to any Microsoft...

See the post for details. Can’t beat free!

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04:32
Roku CEO says Apple TV ‘loses money’, calls it an...

CNET is reporting that Roku CEO Anthony Wood described Apple TV as an ‘iPad accessory’ at Re/code’s Code/Media conference. Until recently, even Apple characterised the product as a ‘hobby’. The Apple TV box has not changed much since its major revamp in 2010. More controversially, Wood followed up by claiming that the Apple TV actually loses money for Apple – which would immediately seem strange since Rokus have similar hardware and cost less.

“Apple TV is essentially an accessory for the iPad. They lose money, which is unusual for Apple,” he said Thursday, speaking at the Recode conference here. “If you’re losing money, why would you want...

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04:07
Microsoft selling Office 365 within iPad apps, Apple...

While one of the big holdups for Office for iPad was getting the software just right, another was Apple’s policy that apps that sell things — including subscriptions — use Apple’s in-app purchase mechanism and hand over 30 percent of that revenue to Apple.

This had been a big sticking point historically, so it was one of the key question marks looming over this launch.

Indeed, Microsoft does offer Office 365 subscriptions within the just-released Word for iPad and the other Office apps and, yes, it is paying the 30 percent cut, Apple confirmed to Re/code. Microsoft declined to comment on the matter.

Wonder if that was the real sticking point that kept iPad versions of Office in the can? Maybe the previous regime refused to budge, newer thinking prevailed? Just a thought.

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00:00
Update your Square reader now and other news from...

Square updated its card reader at the end of 2013, and if you haven't signed up to get one of the new readers yet, you'll need to do so by June 1. An email to Square users says that the original reader will no longer be supported after then....

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Thursday March 27

21:01
Philips adds 3D-printed luminaires, all-white bulbs...

Philips on Friday announced three new products hue wireless lighting ecosystem, including 3D-printed art-like luminaires, dimmable white-only hue lux bulbs and a unique battery-free wireless light switch called the hue tap.
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20:53
Microsoft retail stores to offer free Office 365...

In a follow-up announcement after it took the wraps off its long-awaited Office for iPad app, Microsoft has announced that it will run a promotion on Friday in its own Microsoft retail stores offering free year-long Office 365 subscriptions to iPad owners. The Office for iPad app requires a Office 365 subscription in order to engage the editing and creation functions in the app -- without one, it will act only as a viewer and file manager for Office documents. The first 50 people to bring an iPad to a Microsoft retail outlet will get the free subscription, a $99 value....
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19:43
Briefly: Sesame Street digital magazine, JAMF's...

Sesame Workshop has announced the launch of its first digital magazine, Sesame Street S'More. An interactive magazine, Sesame Street S'more will offer read-aloud narration and present educational games, puzzles, stories, videos and more. Children engaging with Sesame Street S'more can earn badges for activities found in each issue, varying from memory games to letter tracing and mazes. A parent section also provides tips associated with each activity to assist in increasing learning opportunities....
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18:59
Microsoft to hand out free Office 365 subscriptions...

 

Microsoft finally took the wraps off of its long-awaited Office for iPad suite this morning, only to reveal that most of its functions require a $99 subscription to the Office 365 service. Even though you can get a discounted subscription through Amazon, $70 may seem pretty steep. Rest assured, Microsoft is planning to offer free one-year subscriptions to the...

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18:52
Clever Kickstarter project puts a USB port on the...

Launched at Macworld this week, a clever new Kickstarter project called the “iMacompanion” aims to put a USB port on the front of your iMac or Apple Thunderbolt Display. Video overview:

The port blends in with the aluminum coloring of the stands on those Apple displays and connects to the main USB ports on the back via an ultra-thin cable that slides under the base of the stand. If funded, the creators of the project aim to ship by fall of this year.

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18:37
First look: iSkelter's Slate Pro desk

Accessories maker iSkelter -- best known for their all-wood Slate portable notebook lapdesk with pre-cut grooves to act as stands and holders for tablets, smartphones and even coffee mugs -- is accepting pre-orders for its next project, the SlatePro. The full-sized desk, originally funded through Kickstarter, is again a wood-based productivity center, available in up to eight different configurations with pre-cut slots and cut-outs specifically aimed at serious computer users. The company expects to begin shipping the units in July....
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18:09
Genius of Oculus Rift

To understand why Oculus Rift matters, it helps to know who John Carmack is… He’s responsible for Quake, the first true 3-D game, which begat Halo and Call of Duty and all the rest of it. Carmack did for computer games what Masaccio did for painting: he turned a plane into a space.

Carmack is a genius.

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17:27
Expo Notes: Keep everything wrapped around your...

Using your smartphone to send text messages? How primitive. Receiving alerts on a wristwatch? How quaint. Manually turning your lights on and off like a cave-dwelling savage? Are you reading this article from a previous century?

That's the thinking behind the Ring, the latest device hoping to capitalize on America’s sudden interest in wearable tech. It arrived in San Francisco for Macworld iWorld after an appearance at South by Southwest earlier this month and just as it’s wrapping up a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Photo: Philip Michaels

The Ring, on display at this week’s Macworld/iWorld show in San Francisco, is a remote control for your finger.

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17:26
Facebook Messenger updated to version 4.0 with...


Facebook has updated its Messenger app for iPhone to version 4.0. The new update introduces the ability to create and manage groups of contacts within the app. You can find all of your groups in a new tab and quickly select one to send a message to everyone at once.

Also new in this update is the ability to select a message to forward to a new recipient, much like you can do with an iMessage in the native Messages application. The usual general bug fixes and improvements round out the 4.0 update.

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17:00
Random for iOS lets you explore the web in a unique...

Random is a just-released free app that lets you discover interesting web content from unlimited sources. The app has been in development for a few years, and it was backed by by Skype co-founder, Janus Friis.

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16:33
Expo Notes: Making the iPad a little more wearable

Strotter Messenger Bag

The iPad has made its way into the workplace, and several companies at Macworld/iWorld are showing products that give you quick access to your iPad in production environments.

Strotter’s Platforma messenger bag ($159 to $175; booth 403) and Across carrying case ($55 and $99) protect your iPad, but they also can be used as a platform to hold the tablet. All you have to do is adjust the straps and flip the cases over, and then you can use your iPad with both hands.

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16:26
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[VIDEO] Denmark’s campaign to get their folks to make new kids!

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16:23
Expo Notes: What's a washing machine doing at...

I’ve seen a lot of odd things on the expo floor in my few years here: roller girls, cooking implements, and a robot or two. But the LED-backlit washing machine was new.

The Shiny Soap booth sadly had no innovations in home automation to offer me, however; the washing machine just happened to be a delightfully quirky backdrop for Shinysoft’s Mac cleaning software.

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16:13
Briefly: DevonTechnologies' updates, Runtastic...

DevonTechnologies has released a maintenance update today for both DevonThink and DevonNote apps. Apple's colored labels for marking files are more greatly controllable in v.2.7.4, with option to use old-style tinting, a bubble around the document name, or as colored dot. All editions of DevonThink allow one to annotate PDFs with lines and arrows. Creation date and user name are automatically added to new annotations, and sharing documents with friends can now be done through newly supported AirMail. Other changes in v.2.7.4 focus on appearance and enhanced usability, with multiple selected it...
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16:02
Microsoft takes Office Mobile for iPhone free on...

On the heels of Office for iPad's introduction, Microsoft on Thursday dropped subscription requirements for the iPhone version of its productivity suite.
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16:00
Well that's one way to repurpose an Airport...

Got an old, UFO-shaped Airport Base Station lying around? Apparently it makes a handy tissue dispenser, if you're into that sort of thing.

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15:19
Microsoft Launches Office For iPad: Includes Word,...

An anonymous reader writes "At an event in San Francisco today, Microsoft Office General Manager Julia White unveiled Office for iPad, featuring Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The new suite, which supports viewing but not editing for free, will go live in Apple's App Store at 11:00AM PDT (2:00PM EST). Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iPad feature a ribbon interface just like the one featured in Office for Windows and OS X. The trio of apps are much more powerful on the tablet than the smartphone, but naturally aren't comparable to the desktop versions."

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15:18
Yes, Apple is taking 30% of every Office 365...

When Microsoft announced its Office for iPad apps earlier today, it confirmed that the software will require a subscription to Microsoft’s $99/year Office 365 service for most functions. If you don’t have one already, you can get a subscription directly through the Office apps for the regular price of $99.

As you may recall, Apple and Microsoft went toe...

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15:18
Hands-on: Microsoft Office for iPad

Although a lot of apps have tried to fill the gap with degrees of success, there's always been an undercurrent of demand for a full-scale iPad version of Office. Even if you can escape using Office personally, it's the workplace standard -- it just makes sense to have the suite on the world's most popular tablet. Now Office for iPad is here, and it's time to share some first impressions....
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15:00
BlackBerry successfully prevents Apple from hiring...

It looks like we may have a Mark Papermaster scenario on our hands. iMore reports that Apple is facing a legal battle from BlackBerry over its attempt to hire Sebastien Marineau-Mes as the company's VP of Core OS. While at BlackBerry, Marineau-Mes...

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15:00
Apple confirmed to take 30% cut of Microsoft Office...

It was confirmed on Thursday that Apple will garner its stipulated 30 percent share of Microsoft Office 365 subscriptions purchased from the new Office for iPad app, which launched at a special event earlier today.
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14:55
Which college, and which major, will make you the...

If you are going to invest huge money in a college education, it seems reasonable to at least consider the financial benefits of that education over the long haul. The surprise winner in all this? Harvey Mudd College.

Interesting read. Take it all with a grain of salt.

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14:48
New Linux Office Suite Too Soft to Be King


The Kingsoft Office Suite holds the promise of bringing a near perfect clone of Microsoft Office to Linux desktop users. However, Kingsoft's developers still have some work to do on the Linux Alpha release to make it a beta deal. Other than OpenOffice and LibreOffice, the Linux platform lacks any full-featured office suite. Both of these more in common with each other than distinguishing features. Both flip-flop in performance, depending on which Microsoft skill they attempt to emulate. Their user interface is strictly classic old school.

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14:47
Apple sending out iTunes credits for customers...

 

Apple has begun sending out iTunes Store credits to customers affected by the recently (partially) settled ebook price fixing situation. The lawsuit, which involves companies such as Apple, Amazon, Hachette, Harper Collins, Penguin, Macmillan, and Simon & Schuster, has not been fully settled as Apple recently appealed the ruling in which it was found guilty of conspiring to fix ebook pricing. Regardless, the company has sent out credits:

Amazon began sending out its credits...

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14:07
A touch too late: iPad Office lost the race to the...

Office for iPad will bring legitimate features to more tablets, but will the target audience even notice?

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Nearly three years ago, Ars Technica had the nerve to suggest that the iPad could work as a legitimate, if not ideal, replacement for a workday laptop. The conclusion that Jacqui Cheng reached in her 2011 test was that if you used nothing more than an iPad all year, you could get quite a bit of work done, but boy, it would have been nice to have a legitimate copy of Microsoft Office handy.

At the time, I certainly agreed. I was a few months into a new freelance writing gig covering tech for the short-lived, tablet-only magazine The Daily, and I decided to immerse myself in the gig by going iPad-only, at least during the workday.

The gadget decision made a weird sense. I was short on cash, carless, and riding my bicycle...

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14:05
Satya Nadella Has a Smart, Technical Vision for...

The honeymoon has started. Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella, is smart, pleasantly geeky and communicates well. He's off to a good start changing his company's messaging about what it wants to achieve.


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14:03
Want the new Microsoft Office apps for iPad? Get 33...



In case you missed it, Microsoft finally released its suite of Office apps for iPad today with the introduction of standalone Word, PowerPoint, & Excel apps in the App Store. The Office app for iPhone remains the same apart from dropping the requirement of a 365 subscription (it’s now free for all!), but the new iPad versions of the Office apps WILL require an Office 365 subscription to create or edit documents. So, if you plan on using the Office apps on your iPad in the future, you’ll want to take advantage of ...

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14:01
XTouch turns any surface into touch-enabled controls...

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XTouch, an SDK created by a group at the University of Toronto’s Mobile Applications Lab and funded by JOLT, turns any surface into a touch-sensitive controller for iOS apps with no additional hardware. Since XTouch uses acoustics and vibrations to recognize taps on a surrounding surface, the only requirement is...

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